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Finalists announced for the 2020 GSA BAFTA Student Film Awards

15 June 2020

We are delighted to announce the nine finalists for the 2020 GSA BAFTA Student Film Awards. Following a record number of submissions for this year’s program, the finalists have been selected from 691 submissions by students at film schools in 35 countries from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The finalists will compete for four top prizes – the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action, and the Special Jury Prize, selected by the event’s panel members. The awards ceremony will be presented online on Friday, August 7, 2020. Details on that event will be published in the coming weeks, along with details on members of the Special Jury.

The GSA BAFTA Student Film Awards finalists were chosen from within the previously announced 60 shortlisted films by a panel of 118 BAFTA members based in the UK, the US and elsewhere. BAFTA programmed a series of special networking and educational events for the shortlisted filmmakers, including exclusive meetings with directors, agents, producers and other industry talent, which took place over a series of Zoom calls.

The Student Film Awards Program is supported by Global Student Accommodation, who have signed on as title sponsors through 2022. For the second time, BAFTA and GSA are offering the BAFTA-GSA Short Film Commissioning Grant to a film or films dealing with the subject of wellbeing. Shortlisted filmmakers and participants of some other BAFTA New Talent programs were given the opportunity to apply for the grant. The recipients will be announced at the August 7 award ceremony.

The finalist films are (listed alphabetically by film title with director names and schools):


Daughter, directed by Daria Kashcheeva, Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), Czech Republic

Sous La Glace, directed by Milan Baulard, Ismaïl Berrahma, Flore Dupont, Laurie Estampes, Quentin Nory, Hugo Potin, Ecole des nouvelles images, France

The Sugarcane Man, directed by Tina Obo and Leroy Le Roux, The Animation School, South Africa



Making Waves, directed by Laura Zéphirin, New York University, USA

Scratching The Surface, directed by Bethany Staley, University of the West of England, UK

What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong?, directed by Lucas Guilkey, University of California, Berkeley, USA



Da Yie, directed by Anthony Nti, Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound, Belgium

Mum’s Hairpins, directed by Tatiana Fedorovskaya, Higher Courses for Screenwriters and Film Directors, Russia

Variables, directed by Sabina Vajrača, University of Southern California, USA


The BAFTA Student Film Awards has been identifying and rewarding international student filmmakers since 2018. Before that, it was a local competition, and past finalists and winners have included Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther,” “Creed”), Sharat Raju (“Scandal,” “Fear the Walking Dead”), Clara Roquet, Annie Silverstein and Kevin Wilson Jr.

This year for the first time, we invited submissions of student interactive projects, including games, VR and other immersive media, for the BAFTA Student Interactive Media Showcase. The Showcase itself, a planned demonstration of the projects at a live event, has been postponed due to travel restrictions, but the selected projects for that showcase will be as follows:


Dear Mom, produced by Awu Chen, Kevin Ke and Sebastian Aldo Widjaya, University of Southern California, USA

Ginkgo, directed by Joey Tan, University of Southern California, USA

Into the Red, directed by Linda Brieda, produced by Paul Bullinger and developed by Florian Isikci, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Germany

Katanga, produced by Felix Delepine and Hugo Oliveira, ISART Digital, France


The Student Film Awards program is an important component of BAFTA Los Angeles’ work within its Access for All campaign, a commitment to ensuring that talented individuals are offered a clear pathway to careers in the entertainment industry, uninhibited by background, demographics or personal circumstance. The campaign will drive funds towards our acclaimed scholarship, education and community initiatives, allowing the organization to discover, support and nurture talented professionals.

In 2019, the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation was awarded to the film “Hors Piste”, directed by Leó Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert and Oscar Malet of École des Nouvelles Image in France, The BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary was awarded to “Guanajuato Norte” ditected by Ingrid Holmquist and Sana Malik of Columbia University, while the BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action was awarded to “Miller and Son” directed by Asher Jelinsky of the American Film Institute. The Special Jury Prize was presented to Rikke Gregersen from Kristiania University College in Norway for “Dog Eat Dog.” The Special Jury included Victoria Mahoney, Jillian Bell, Josh Cooley and Auroro Guerrero.

For details on the GSA BAFTA Student Film Awards, contact:

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